Osweiler Named Starting QB By Broncos

The Broncos are in quarterback hell

When looking at the way Trevor Siemian has been struggling over the last few weeks to get the offense rolling for the Denver Broncos, the defense of the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to be licking their chops over this potential matchup in Week 9.

The decision to bench Siemian comes one day after Broncos head coach Vance Joseph gave a lukewarm endorsement to his play thus far.

Osweiler made a name for himself by going 5-2 with the Broncos back in 2015 after Peyton Manning went down with an injury.

Siemian went 8-6 last season when the Broncos missed the playoffs, ending a five-year reign atop the AFC West. Osweiler also went 8-6 last year and 1-1 in the playoffs for the Texans, who traded him in the offseason to Cleveland. Paxton Lynch, a first-round choice last season, continues to work his way back from a sprained right shoulder that has kept him out all season.

It has played winning football throughout the season, even during the Broncos' recent 1-4 slide. He was cut by Cleveland during training camp and signed to be Denver's backup ahead of its season opener in September.

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"It's my job to do what's best for the football team", said Joseph on Tuesday. Unless Osweiler plays really well, the Broncos will likely hand over the reigns to Lynch when he is fully healthy and ready to play. Lynch, a former first-round pick, only has two career starts under his belt, hardly enough to fully evaluate him as a quarterback.

"Turn it over five times and you're still in the game with a team like Kansas City". Siemian has thrown six interceptions in the past three games combined as opponents have turned those six picks into 17 points.

Plus, Osweiler and Siemian aren't that differently in terms of talent and the way they play the game.

-SPECIAL TEAMS: D-plus - A series of high punts helped contain Tyreek Hill, although a holding penalty against the Chiefs saved the Broncos on Riley Dixon's first punt and wiped out a 36-yard return. In your heart, you know he can play better because those three balls he threw, you just can't throw.

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